We all know what a deer looks like, or what color a lobster is – but sometimes genetic mutations can make even the animals we know best look completely different. While mutations like albinism and melanism are well known, others are much more rare and unique.
This is a deer with Piebaldism, which is a genetic disorder that’s equivalent to partial albinism.
Piebald animals grow patches of hair and skin that lack pigment of any kind.
A blonde elk.
A bi-colored peacock.
Erythrism, a genetic mutation, results in a certain reddish pigmentation on an animal’s fur. This is a European Badger that has this mutation.
And here is an Erythristic black-backed jackal
There’s also vitiligo, which is a mutation that leads to depigmentation in parts of the skin or fur. This happens when melanocytes, the cells in charge of pigmentation, die or stop working.
This tiger has a very unique coloring.
And a brown zebra foal.
This zebra doesn’t exactly have stripes.
Chimeric animals possess a mix of genetically distinct tissues, which come from two or more fertilized eggs that became fused in the womb. This means they are basically twins that merged into a single creature. This is a chimera cat named Venus.
A uniquely colored Macaw.
Alligators aren’t supposed to be orange, are they?
This only known strawberry-colored leopard.
A pink grasshopper.
Pink katydids also have Erythrism. The majority of them don’t live to adulthood since they are more easily spotted by predators.
This leopard, photographed in India, has a very rare coat pattern.
A cheetah without spots. This is the only such cheetah ever photographed.
This squirrel is only partially melanistic.
And this is his reverse-twin.
A piebald moose.
A piebald fox.
This polar bear turned bright purple after being treated for a skin condition at an Argentinian zoo. These pictures are real.
This purple squirrel was found at Meoncross School in Stubbington, Hampshire, England. The reason for his coloration remains unexplained.
These tigers all have very different colorations due to various genetic conditions.
This cardinal is a ‘bilateral gynandromorph’. A genetic mutation, this occurs during the very first cell division of the fertilized egg. The resulting animal is half-female, half-male.
A piebald raven.
A piebald Commerson’s Dolphin, also known as panda dolphins.
A rare mutation results in a “king cheetah.” These rare creatures have only been seen five times in the wild, and haven’t been photographed until the 1970s.